G3-Optimized Divx Player

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by uspcommuter, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. uspcommuter macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2004
    Hello All,

    I was testing out my IMac G3 (slotLoading) to watch some divx movies and noticed alot of dropped frames. My friend told me this is mainly b/c G3's donot have AltiVec? Either or, by any chance is there any players out there that is optimized for the G3 to watch divx?
  2. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    There aren't any G3-optimized players. Its not really even worth the effort to try DivX on a G3.
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    G3-optimized is sort of impossible...

    If you say something is G4 or G5 optimized, that means that it is optimized for the Altivec unit in those processors. The G3 has no such unit, so applications are simply written for G3's (basically).
  4. Quartz Extreme macrumors regular

    Quartz Extreme

    Jun 9, 2005
    Outside of the box
  5. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2005
    Lakewood, Washington
    MPlayer for OS-X will play most DIVX and other codecs on a G3.
  6. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    here is exacly what you need to do..

    get mplayer (pretty much any version) then open preferences and check the "drop frames on slower machines"

    even though it does drop frames it plays MUCH smoother than it will without that option on.
  7. ShiggyMiyamoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    Just outside Boston, MA.
    I concur! I have a 600 mhz G3 iBook from 2001 and I use MPlayer for most of my DiVX needs. It plays slow in high action scenes, but overall it plays well. I really need a new machine, like my friend's new PB 15" 1.67 gig... the new model!! *drool*
  8. uspcommuter thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2004
    I tried Mplayer, but it would always automatically close itself. Any suggestions?
  9. onetwoxu macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2005
    vlc works great on my brother's g3 400. not only is it not a resource hog, it also plays absolutely every kind of file you can throw at it. i use it for pretty much all my video.
  10. uspcommuter thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2004
    Any suggestions on how I can make Mplayer to work without having it quit on itself?

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